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Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers

Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Campaign yard signs are just one expenditure for candidates during election season.

Election finance filings are in, and Los Altos appears to be hosting a few financially lopsided races.

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Schools

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Bullis Charter School students wear their school spirit clothing to greet their mascot Oct. 3 in celebration of being named a National Blue Ribbon School.

Blach Intermediate, Egan Junior High and Bullis Charter schools ea...

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Sports

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High running back Austin Johnson goes for a big gain after evading Los Altos High defensive tackle Phil Alameda in Friday’s game. Johnson scored two touchdowns for the Spartans.

After unveiling its wildc...

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Logan, McClatchie, Peruri for LASD board: Editorial

This is a crucial time for the Los Altos School District. Its leadership faces the challenge of balancing enrollment growth versus maintaining the small, neighborhood schools that make it a very popular district to attend. The district must also adap...

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Special Sections

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Tandava Waldon, left, manager of East West Bookstore on Castro Street in Mountain View, works with a customer. Waldon said the recently approved minimum-wage hike will have little impact on his business. “It’s not such a...

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Business

Delay Social Security? An easy way to decide

One of the most heatedly debated questions regarding Social Security is when to start.

You have the option of initiating benefits as early as age 62 or as late as age 70. The longer you wait, the larger the monthly payment you will receive over your...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

Suzanne Monica Dimm Specht passed Tuesday, Sept. 9th at the age of 84. Sue was born on April 21, 1930 in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from the University of Oregon in with a degree in Music, Sue taught in a little town called Clatskanie, Oreg...

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Travel

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening


Courtesy of Sally Brew
North Korea is home to many monuments honoring its “Dear Leaders,” left.

In August, I traveled for 11 days with MIR Corp. to North Korea, a fascinating country that is almost completely cut off from the rest of the world. ...

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Stepping Out

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto


Courtesy of José Luis Moscovich
West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” is slated to open Friday night in Palo Alto and run through Oct. 26.

West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” (“The Troubadour”) is scheduled to open this weekend...

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Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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Proper wine temperature counts when entertaining


Christine Moore/ Special to the Town Crier
Speed chill a bottle of white wine by wrapping it in a slightly damp towel and putting it in the freezer for 10 minutes.

A British friend of mine has given me many sound and useful bits of advice over the years. Some of her guidance has proved indispensable in my life, such as her tip for chilling wine quickly.

I was in the midst of a particularly stress-filled move when she advised, “As soon as you get to the new kitchen, throw a bottle of white wine in the freezer. It’ll be ready in 20 minutes, which is just enough time to find the box labeled “Glasses.” It worked.

Of course, not all white wines should be drunk at the same temperature, but this simple trick is good in a pinch. After all, you don’t always have late-harvest Gewürztraminer chilled when unexpected guests arrive with celebratory news and coconut cupcakes, or when a spectacular success in the kitchen begs for a glass of Sauvignon Blanc that is still in the grocery bag.

At face value, serving wine should be simple: buy, uncork, pour. But anyone who has fallen in love with a label only to be disappointed by its contents, struggled with crumbly corks or been let down by a wine that had previously been excellent knows that serving and enjoying wine takes some practice. Making sure the wine is the correct temperature is the critical first step.wine

Serving guidance

We can all learn something from Goldilocks, with her keen sense of temperatures. To get the most enjoyment out of wine, it should be served neither too warm nor too cold. Worth pointing out is that wine should be served cooler than the standard room temperature of most homes. Placing your red in the refrigerator for a short period before serving will help bring out the wine’s flavors.

Storing guidance

Much like serving temperatures, storage temperatures are not one-size-fits-all. But storing wine at the standard 55 F will help preserve it.

As important as temperature is to safely storing wine, you also want to make sure that you are keeping your wine in a dark and stable place.

There are plenty of wine refrigerators on the market these days, but you might have a rarely used dark and cool closet that would be ideal for storing wine.

There are gadgets that record the exact temperature of a wine you are serving, including digital ones that wrap around a bottle and versions that you insert into an open bottle.

For the most part, trial and error works fine for ensuring the proper temperature. For instance, put your hands around a bottle of a Cabernet Sauvignon to make sure that it isn’t warm. Or take a sip of Chardonnay to see if it is the right temperature. You’ll realize instantly if it is too cold.

As is the case with many tips that are handed down, I’ve enhanced my British friend’s quick-chill method. Wrapping the bottle in a barely damp kitchen towel before popping it in the freezer knocks the chilling time down to just 10 minutes.

For a red wine that is too cold, leaving it out on the counter for 30 minutes will help, or you could simply pour the wine into a glass and use your hands to warm it up a bit.

Mountain View resident Christine Moore is learning more about wine every day. To read her blog, visit sheepishsommelier.blogspot.com.

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